Small businesses are at the beating heart of the nation’s economy, and we are great supporters of other small businesses like ourselves through our involvement in initiatives such as Hessle First.
This Saturday, 3rd December is Small Business Saturday, and we are proud to be involved. The event is sponsored by American Express and encourages everyone to use small businesses on the day.
Facts about Small Businesses
- Last year, customers spent £623m with small businesses on Small Business Saturday, which was an increase of 24% on 2014
- The #SmallBizSatUK hashtag trended at number 1 on Twitter all day with over 100,000 tweets reaching more than 25 million people.
- Over three quarters of local councils in the UK supported the campaign, with activities such as free parking, Christmas fairs and small business networking events.
This year’s event looks to be just as successful so before you spend your cash at a foreign owned multinational this weekend, why not see what small, local businesses can do for you? Small businesses contribute to the local economy, and their taxes remain in this country instead of ending up in tax havens. They are run by local people who share local values.
UK Small Businesses in Numbers
According to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) of which we are also a proud member, small businesses account for more than 99% of all private sector businesses. Almost 16 million people in the UK work for small businesses, which is 60% of all private sector jobs. We think that in these tough economic times, those figures are worth celebrating and supporting.
So why not shop small this weekend – and perhaps think twice on every other day before passing your money on to the corporate behemoths? For more information, check out the Small Business Saturday website.